Puerto Rico

CNCS provides this state by state guide for informational purposes only and makes reasonable efforts to ensure the quality of the information. You are responsible for determining the suitability of the information and your use of the information in this guide, and for compliance with NSCHC requirements (45 CFR 2540.200 - .207). CNCS makes no express or implied warranty, no representation, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness, timeliness, or completeness of any information in, or available through, this guide. The information in this guide is presented in good faith and believed to be correct. You assume the risk of relying on the information contained in this guide. Links to non-CNCS websites are provided for informational purposes only.

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Contact Information

Police of Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-793-1234 x. 2727

State Checks 

General Information on State Checks:

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).

Name-Based State Checks

Available from: Police of Puerto Rico, Certificate of Penal Record / Policía de Puerto Rico, Certificado de Antecedentes Penales
What is released: Puerto Rico issues Certificates of Good Standing, which show no record found or conviction information. 
Cost: The service is free when performed via the Beta version on the website, https://servicios.pr.gov/info. $1.50 if requested off-line. 

How long does it take to obtain results? When requesting a Certificate of Good Standing online, results are emailed to you. The result will be received quickly if no record is found, but may take longer to receive if the individual has a record. 

Additional notes: The name-based state check can be requested by mail, fax, or via Internet. The person’s name, alias, date of birth, social security number, sex, place of birth, address, and citizenship are required. 
PR.gov is currently beta testing an online certificate service. The service is free during this testing period, but the website indicates that there may be charges associated with the online service in the future. 
In order to request an online Certificate of Good Standing from PR.gov, you’ll need identification issued by the Department of Transportation and Public Works of Puerto Rico, like a Puerto Rico driver’s license.

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Fingerprint-based checks are not available in Puerto Rico from the Police of Puerto Rico.   

Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
None at this time.

FBI Checks 

Territory Repository Provides FBI Checks: No

CNCS FBI Channeler:  Organizations that cannot successfully use the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 
Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 
How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.
More information: 
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/FBIGuidance (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”)
Fieldprint website: http://www.fieldprintcncs.com/ 

NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check

A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of NSOPW.gov before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through NSOPW.gov and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.

State Sex Offender Registry Information

Puerto Rico Sex Offender Registry: Enter http://www.justicia.pr.gov/ and then click on Registro Ofensores Sexuales link.

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

1. Access the website here and click on “Request a Certificate” in the black bar. (There is an option to translate the website into English at the right side of the black bar.)
2. Read the warning and click “Continue: to accept the terms and conditions. 
3. On the next page, enter the email address where the certificate should be sent. (This can be your email address or your program’s email address.)
4. Follow the other steps as directed. 
5. If you have the certificate emailed to you personally, ensure chain of custody by printing the emailed result and bringing them sealed to your program. 

Revised as of 2/24/2017


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